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A stalemate hosting Man Utd won’t trouble Arsenal too much given they were under strength. Key players Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Bakayo Saka and Kieren Tierney were all unavailable, and even so, the Gunners put themselves in a good positon to even take the full three points.
Wolves, on the other hand, looked lacklustre in their 1-0 defeat to Palace at the weekend, which saw the Eagles leapfrog them in the table to 13th.
Nuno Espirito Santo will be extremely concerned by his chargers’ form, earning just three points from the last 24 on offer and it isn’t going to get any easier.
Moreover, they’ve won only once in 11 league matches since losing talisman Raul Jimenez up top, and although the introduction of Willian Jose might go some of the way in replacing him, the Brazilian forward has netted just three goals all season in both La Liga and the Premier League, at a rate of one goal every 265 minutes.
Arteta may be able to bring back Saka and Tierney for this encounter, while the hosts may have to make do without Ruben Neves who looks likely to leave their bubble for the birth of his child.
He’ll be absent along with Rayan Ait-Nouri too, pushing Nelson Semedo onto that left-hand side again where he looked very uncomfortable against Callum Hudson Odoi not too long ago.
Wolves First Half Goals Under 0.5
Wolves have failed to score a first half goal now in 42 of their 59 matches since the start of last season, including 12 of their 15 against the teams currently above them in the table this term.
In fact, since losing Jimenez, five of their six first half goals have come in their two games against struggling teams Brighton and West Brom, and having scored one such goal across the other nine, we somewhat doubt they’ll have a quick start.
Arsenal +0 Handicap
The Gunners were outplayed the last time these two sides met back in November, but the visitors have come on leaps and bounds since that defeat.
Indeed, they’ve conceded just once from their last six matches, while they’ve won five of their seven unbeaten outings since Boxing Day.
Arsenal To Win To Nil
We’re a little surprised to see Arsenal at such big a price in the outright considering Wolves’ woeful form at the minute.
In the Gunners’ recent upturn in form, they’ve won to nil in each of their three matches against the bottom seven teams in the league, and they’ll hope their defence can keep producing more solid performances.
Wolves First Half Goals Under 0.5 At 1/2
0.5 Pts: Arsenal To Win to Nil At 9/4
0.5 Pts: Arsenal +0 Handicap At 8/13
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